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Ballads and Songs of Michigan
3 Yes, he would pay good wages and pay our passage out, Providing we'd sign papers that we would stay the route. "But iŁ you do get homesick and swear that home you'll
Why, I'll not pay your passage out to Michigan-I-O."
4 Now with this kind of flattering he enlisted quite a
train, Full twenty-five or thirty, both young and able men. We had a pleasant voyage the route we had to go; He landed us in Saginaw in Michigan-I-O.
5 It was there our joys were ended, and our sorrows did
begin By paying dear attention as they came rolling in. He led us through the country; the road we did not
know; 'Twas on the Rifle River in Michigan-I-O.
6 The way that he used us there it was beyond the art
of man. To give you fair description now I'll do the best I can: Our board the dogs would laugh at; our bed was on
the snow. Thank God there is no worse hell than Michigan-I-O.
7 Our hearts was cased in iron, and our souls were bound
in steel; The hardships of that winter could not force us to yield; By paying dear attention, he finds his match I know Amongst us boys from Kennedy in Michigan-I-O.
8 O now the winter is over it's homeward we are bound, And in this cursed country no more we shall be found. We'll go home to our wives and sweethearts, tell others
they must not go To that God-forsaken country called Michigan-I-O.